Glamis Hall Sustainable For All

Today’s Advent Calendar window opens for Glamis Hall again! Yesterday we told you all about their recycling schemes, today we show you how they are leading the way locally for sustainability. We’ll tell you how they have reduced their carbon footprint and kept costs down by installing solar panels and by changing to electric cars, but first here’s a bit about them…

Glamis Hall consists of a wellbeing centre for the over 50s, a large sports hall with a kitchen and servery, a community meeting room, and sports changing rooms. After being closed by Wellingborough Borough Council in 2014, Glamis Hall reopened as a charity run by volunteers and relatives of clients in January 2015. The Hall’s many daily visitors, who range in age from 51 to 103, help to decide the programming.

Regular activities include a Monday to Friday lunch club, yoga, raffles, and bingo. They have a shop on site and host visits from hairdressers, optometrists and district nurses– making it easy for their clients to access the services they need with minimal travel. Glamis Hall’s mission is to provide an affordable community hub for the residents of the Borough of Wellingborough and the surrounding areas. Here Jo Peploe, Centre Manager of Glamis Hall, talks about their sustainability:

Since it reopened, costs at Glamis Hall have been kept low at less than half the cost of other day centres nearby. With energy prices on the rise, costs for the organisation were likely to increase, and as the running costs are mostly funded by the payments from clients, so were the costs for the clients. Since Glamis Hall is intent on being an ethical and sustainable organisation, it was a “no brainer” for them to look into installing solar panels.

They put their name in the running for a funding initiative by M&S Energy CEF as they were looking for funding to help them buy solar panels. Glamis Hall engaged with the community and secured funding from M&S with 78,837 votes cast by members of the public! The grant from the M&S Energy CEF enabled Glamis Hall to install solar panels on the roof of the centre. The installation took roughly one week and the first switch-on happened on the same day as the annual staff, volunteer and client Christmas party, where they made a big announcement to everyone who came.

For many local residents, the installation also offered a chance to learn more about energy efficiency in general and solar panels in particular. Many have since gone on to make changes in their own lives, such as having smart meters installed.

Glamis Hall providing food for local people in need with One Wellingborough

Since the installation, Glamis Hall are generating much of their own energy – helping to reduce the cost pressure and ensuring funds can be spent on projects for local people. The installation also enabled Glamis Hall to secure a further grant in order to
purchase electric cars that are being used to transport clients to and from the hall and on excursions.

Glamis Hall didn’t stop there, they have made further changes that help make the centre even more energy efficient, including switching to low energy LED lighting throughout the facility and installing double glazed windows. Together with an array of services provided, including their recycling, Glamis Hall is truly sustainable for all!

Glamis Hall Recycling

Today’s Advent Calendar window opens for our friends and partners at Glamis Hall, to shine some light on their recycling schemes. Glamis Hall have teamed up with TerraCycle to give local people the opportunity to be able to recycle lots of everyday things that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Don’t you just hate it when you throw anyway a crisp packet or toothpaste into the black bin, as they cannot be accepted in the green bin? Well here is some great news from Jo Peploe, Glamis Hall Centre Manager, who explains all about the recycling services that they offer:

A host of products and packing that can’t be recycled at home, can be recycled at Glamis Hall in Wellingborough. Crisp packets, stamps, bras, batteries, toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, pens and correction fluid containers, and some home hygiene packaging can all be taken to their community centre on Goldsmith Road.

They are open between 8am until 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am till 12 midday during their Indoor Car Boot sales on the 2nd Saturday of the month between September and May. Other times by arrangement, call 01933 677326. Information sheets are available for each scheme below:

The Daylight Shop

Today’s Advent Calendar opens a window for The Daylight Shop at 2 Cambridge Street, Wellingborough. They are your local charity shop selling an array of goods, preloved and recycled for your enjoyment.  They have a great selection of vinyls and cds; books and clothes. Their bric-a-brac section is a treasure trove waiting to be explored.

All proceeds from the shop go to keeping the Daylight Centre open for the homeless and vulnerable, providing a place for a shower, a meal, and advice. It also means that the Wellingborough Foodbank is able to provide food parcels for those on universal credit, homeless and unemployed.

Valerie Anslow gives you the guided tour of the Daylight Shop

The Daylight Centre Fellowship is an independent local charity in Wellingborough. They strive to help people in Wellingborough and the surrounding districts of North Northamptonshire in meeting personal challenges that range from complex mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, learning difficulties, to homelessness or just feeling fragile, isolated and alone.

Wellingborough Foodbank is one of the Daylight Centre’s services, and is designed to help individuals and families in Wellingborough and District who are in crisis. The aim of the Foodbank is to provide people in proven need with basic food and other essential items for a short time until the crisis is resolved or until the appropriate agencies are in a position to assist.

The food which they distribute is donated by many individuals and local organisations; churches, temples and mosques, schools, the public at supermarkets, local businesses and other local groups.

The Daylight Shop is open Tuesday Wednesday Friday and Saturday from 8.30 until 4pm. All donations are gratefully received. Pop in in for a bargain!

Medicine Packet Recycling

Today’s Advent Calendar window opens for Superdrug and their medicine packet recycling programme. With little packs, big impact, as their slogan; they turn your empty medicine blister packets into donations for Marie Curie, when you recycle them at their pharmacy counter!

Once collected, the empty blister packets are sent off to Terracycle, separated by polymer type and cleaned (if necessary). The material is then extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products. Marie Curie receives a donation of £1 for each kilo of empty medicine blister packets collected. Any brand of empty medicine blister packets are accepted.

You can take back your blister packs to the Wellingborough branch in the Swansgate Shopping Centre, plus they also recycle batteries and electrical equipment (WEEE Recycling) so you can drop off those at the same time. Whilst you are there check out their cruelty free and vegan products, or find out more about their pledges to ‘Our Planet’ at

Terracycle also have similar schemes for other everyday packaging, including crisp packets and toothpaste tubes. In Wellingborough we have a location to drop off these at too, find out more on Tuesday’s Advent Calendar…


Today, our Advent Calendar window opens for a brand new local coffee house with international flair, style and flavour. It’s called UGLY MUG, they are opposite Tresham College on Church Street, and they are eco-friendly! The proprietor, Jonathan Ekins, has created a coffee house that stands out in so many ways.

The first thing that you experience as you enter UGLY MUG, is the spellbinding smell of coffee, swiftly followed by the feeling that you are in a European café. Even the price board looks continental. Seating is available on three levels and is designed with people from all walks of life in mind, be it work spaces, chill out seating or lunch with your loved ones.

Here Jonathan tells you all about his coffee house and their eco-credentials:

They pride themselves that they only serve the finest locally roasted coffee, and that means no instant, no express and no pods. It’s not only coffee that has been sourced from a local supplier, they also have a local baker who bakes all of their bread and cakes. The coffee shop uses reusable plates and mugs, and offers bamboo reusable takeaway cups and recycled packaging too.

A wide selection of freshly prepared sandwiches are available, including vegan and vegetarian options. Vegan coffee is served too, including a fantastic oat milk latte, soya and almond milks are also available, so whoever you are, they have you covered.

They are open Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 17:30, Saturday: 08:00 – 17:00 and Sunday: 09:00 – 15:00 and you can find out more on their facebook page at


With today’s Advent Calendar, a window opens for a local charity shop, Barnardo’s Wellingborough, who are offering Christmas gifts with a difference; and while things may look a little different this year we think it’s even more important to make it extra special. It’s time to sprinkle some sustainable Christmas dust on things and create all of those festive feels and stepping into a more eco-friendly Christmas.

Shopping pre-loved may not be your first thought when it comes to Christmas shopping, but you can something incredibly unique and extra special. Barnardo’s Wellingborough is a treasure trove full of amazing pre-loved gift ideas. From vintage and one off pieces, unique homeware, and a huge selection of books and toys. There really is something for everyone! Here Alise shows you around the store and tells you a bit more bout Barnardo’s:

Barnardo’s transforms the lives of the most vulnerable children in Northamptonshire and across the UK through the work of their services, campaigns, and research expertise. The charity believes they can bring out the best in every child, whether the issue is child poverty, sexual exploitation, disability, or domestic violence. They help young people leaving care, children with a parent in prison, and provide early intervention for families struggling to cope. Barnardo’s also finds suitable adoptive homes and foster placements for children in care. Registered charity no. 216250.


106 Gold Street
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01933 274594

Opening hours

Monday – Saturday – 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday – Closed

Made With Many

Today’s Advent Calendar Window opens for Made With Many!  They are a community-led arts programme covering Wellingborough and Corby, which produces events and activities designed to surprise, delight and inspire. They have received funding from the National Lottery for their programme of cultural activities in Wellingborough from 2020 until 2023.

The programme aims to encourage more people than ever before to take the lead in experiencing, creating and taking part in high-quality arts and cultural activities. Through conversations with local people and community decision-making panels, Made With Many puts the community at the heart of commissioning artists and producing new and exciting events, including two activities that are happening now:

Wild Winter Challenge: For families with under 5s

To brighten up the winter period and give families with children under 5 something to do with the kids during the COVID-19 restrictions, Made With Many have teamed up with Home-Start Wellingborough & District, Northamptonshire Children’s Trust and the Northamptonshire Strong Start Team for the three month Wild Winter Challenge. Several families in and around Wellingborough have received creativity packs, and for other families who want to get involved, all materials are low cost so you can take part online too by watching the videos available on this website. Each month there will be three Wild Winter Challenge activities released online.

You don’t have to be creative to get involved – the activities have been designed by Jodie and Harriet from The Wild Tribe, who will talk you through what you can do in the videos available on this page. There’s a mixture of making, stories, and things for the kids to try so hopefully you’ll find something you will all enjoy this winter!

Get Started

To get started, download your Wild Winter Challenge map HERE – which you can also find below December’s video. Click on the circles on the map to find December’s activity instructions – and we’ll update the map in the new year with more activities for your wild winter!

The Wild Winter Challenge – December (episode 1)

Watch Harriet and Jodie from The Wild Tribe show you the activities below.

Activity 1: TREES Jazz your Christmas presents up with some homemade wrapping paper.
Activity 2: PENCILWrite to friends and family with help from Bryony The Happy Post Lady.
Activity 3: SNOWFLAKE Make your own Snow Playdough and listen to Jodie and Harriet from The Wild Tribe reading Over and Under the Snow.

Made With Many Christmas Packs – Wellingborough

Here is another new project to brighten up the winter period, and keep people’s spirits up during the Covid-19 restrictions. Made with Many are distributing 300 Christmas Activity Packs through partners, including Northamptonshire Libraries, the Daylight Centre, One Wellingborough and various community organisations.

Close Up Of Woman Making Homemade Eco Friendly Christmas Cracker From Sustainable Materials

The packs include fun activities (for any age group) to enjoy customising your own crackers, writing your own joke or friendly message and making a Christmas hat. Something to share over a meal, give as a gift or spread some happiness this Christmas! Each pack contains sufficient materials to make several crackers and hats.

A limited number of packs are available to book online and will be delivered by hand in the week commencing 14th December. One pack is available per household within the borough of Wellingborough.

Book your FREE Cracker craft pack

There is lots more going on at their website, but a great place to start, is to sign up for their newsletter at

Wellingborough Household Waste Recycling Centre

Today’s Advent Calendar window is for Wellingborough household waste recycling centre, because you can recycle lots of things there! They accept a wide range of recyclable materials. Any waste that cannot be recycled or is not sorted for recycling will be sent to landfill.

The waste accepted at our sites includes:

​Antifreeze​Yes​Please seek a member of staff for help. Must be domestic waste.
​Caravans and trailers​No
​Car batteries​Yes
​Chemical and radioactive hazardous waste *​No
​Cooking oil​Yes
​Fire extinguishers ​No​Can be disposed of at Rushden
​Fluorescent tubes​Yes
​Food tins and drink cans​Yes
​Fridges and freezers​Yes
​Garden waste Yes
​Gas bottles​No​Can be disposed of at Rushden
​General household waste​Yes​This includes items such as sofas, beds and mattresses.
​Hardcore and rubble​Yes
​Hard plastics​Yes
​Large appliances​Yes
​Low energy bulbs​Yes
​Mixed glass, bottles and jars​Yes
​Mobile phones​Yes
​Oil filters (automotive)​Yes​Please seek a member of staff for help. Must be domestic waste.
​Plastic bottles​Yes
​Portable batteries​Yes
​Scrap metalYes
​Small appliances​Yes
​TVs and monitors *​Yes
​Used engine oil *​Yes
​Weed killerNo
​Wood and Timber​Yes

*What is hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste is any liquid or solid material that may cause harm to people or the environment if not disposed of correctly. The following are examples of hazardous waste you may have at home:

Household products

  • Paint
  • Oven cleaner
  • Fire extinguishers

Car products

  • Antifreeze
  • Oil filters
  • Engine oil

Garden products

  • Weed killers

Please refer to the above table on whether the hazardous waste will be accepted.

Sharps disposal

We are not able to dispose of sharps at the household waste recycling centres. Please contact your doctor or local health authority for advice on sharps disposal.

​Opening times

​Day​Site open
​Monday​10am to 6pm
​Tuesday​10am to 6pm
​Friday​10am to 6pm
​Saturday​10am to 6pm
​Sunday​10am to 6pm


Vehicles are restricted to a maximum weight limit of 3.5 tonnes.

Check what restrictions and limits apply to how much waste you can bring as DIY waste disposal.


They are currently unable to accept pedestrian access to this site.


For sale at this site for £3.75 per 25 litre bag.

This facility is operated by Northamptonshire County Council.

Appletree and Avalon

Today’s Advent Calendar window is opening for those who are shopping online this year, but still want to buy ethically and in an environmentally friendly way. Plastic packaging is a huge issue with shopping via the internet, how do you fancy receiving your purchases in compostable packaging that is plastic free? We might just have an option for you…

Appletree and Avalon are apparently the first exclusively 100% UK made & eco-friendly small independent online home, beauty & gift store. They are based in Northampton and guarantee to maintain a low carbon footprint by only working with ethical suppliers who manufacture only in the UK.

They sell every day items such as soaps, all the way through to gifts, and yes, even Christmas presents. Everything is sustainable, single use plastic free and eco-friendly. 100% of what they sell is made in the UK, which saves tons of carbon, and they give back to their chosen charity partner; World Land Trust.

Appletree and Avalon have ‘values’ on their website to click on, so that customers can filter what’s important to them, such as vegan, reusable and plastic free. The following categories are available at their online shop: Kitchen, Home & Garden, Cleaning, Everyday Care, Children & Baby, Sleep & Wellbeing, Stationery and of course Christmas.

They keep everything in stock to avoid disappointment, and they have tried and tested all of their products to guarantee value for money. Your items will all be parceled up by hand, without single use plastic of course, and dispatched the same day. Have a look at Appletree and Avalon’s online store to find out more!

Food for Thought Opening Today!

With today’s Advent Calendar, we are opening a new window for a brand new shop, that is opening today! We were really excited and couldn’t wait, so we visited them half hour after they opened this morning to see what they are offering…

Food for Thought have food, cleaning, personal hygiene products and accessories for sale. Kerry, the new shop’s owner, gave us a tour of her emporium, and we videoed it for you. Here is Kerry telling us all about the products available at Food for Thought:

Kerry has opened her ‘zero-waste emporium’ in Nene Court, Wellingborough, to reduce plastic pollution & celebrate locally made. Their motto is more joy with less waste!

At Food for Thought, you can buy loose and eco friendly goods, such as food stuffs, self-care and cleaning products. You simply fill, weigh and pay for what you need. So save your jars and bottles. Wash them out and refill at Food for Thought!

Here are some photos of Food for Thought that we took today:

They are open from 11 – 4:30, find out more at